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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES REMAIN CLOSED AT PRESENT All NOA reserves remain closed at present, and following the lifting of some restrictions in England we would ask our members, visitors and volunteers to be patient while this situation continues. We are still some way from being able to provide a COVID secure environment for our staff and visitors, and any changes must be gradual, cautious and enable social distancing. Broadwater Road is currently closed, and the Beach Road Car Park is also closed. We would advise that parking and toilet facilities are not yet widely available. NWT Holme Dunes, Titchwell and Snettisham RSPB reserves also remain closed, and do not yet have a date for opening their car parks and other visitor facilities. Please also bear in mind that we are now in the middle of the breeding season. Birds which have been nesting undisturbed while visitors have stayed away need this situation to continue until their young have fledged. For similar reasons affecting land managers along the North Norfolk Coast AONB, their Re-opening the Norfolk Coast Working Group is asking people not to visit at this time until organisations have had a chance to put safety measures in place for social distancing and reopen provision such as toilets and car parks. Announcements will be made by individual organisations and businesses when this is the case, so please check before you travel, and don’t come at present. NOA hopes to offer some form of access at its reserves later this summer, but it could still be some weeks away and will remain limited while we find our ‘new normal’. Please bear with us, and we thank you again for your understanding and support

Holme Bird Observatory Sunday 26th January 2020

A Peregrine gave a superb view over the Observatory at 9.30am. A Water Pipit was on the south side of the grazing marsh with Meadow Pipits early morning.

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Norfolk 2.Bewick's Swans Halvergate at south end of Branch Road
Norfolk Black Brant Holkham in field west of Lady Anne's Drive at 2.39pm
Norfolk 3+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh still from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 1.18pm behind visitor centre. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Brancaster Staithe
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Common Crane still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 12.31pm. 2.Spotted Redshanks still on Tidal Pool. 7.Long-tailed Ducks on sea
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 12.30pm off sailing club tho distant TG.308.167
Norfolk 10+Hawfinches still Lynford Arboretum in paddock at 12.11pm
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still 11am off sailing club TG.308.167
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse till 10.57am on north side of church off Cross Street then flew west
Norfolk 10.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn at 10.51am +ringtail.Hen Harrier TG.420.124
Norfolk 5.Common Cranes between Acle Bridge +Billockby still in stubble field from barn TG.420.124
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still 10.35am behind visitor centre +showing well. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance
Norfolk 25+Snow Buntings Gorleston-on-Sea again at South Denes in dunes briefly early morning
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum still at feeding station at 10.10am
Norfolk White-fronted Goose Snettisham north of Beach Road with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Filby Broad +Red-necked Grebe reported still but no further sign
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still off beach at 9.44am
Norfolk 41.Snow Buntings Winterton still on beach
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv NW of Wells still north of road 1/2ml west of Wells Quay in field viewed from gate east of old railway bridge at 9.21am. Do not block gate TF.911.441
Norfolk Waxwing Salthouse still on south side of churchyard off Cross Street at 9am
Norfolk 8.Bewick's Swans Horsey Corner in fields
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese flew east past Weybourne
Norfolk BLUE-HEADED EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL (nominate form tschutschensis) 1w.male 1ml north of Sedgeford still by Ringstead Road 1/3ml NE of Shaw Farm on dung heap at 8.45am PE36 5NH TF.714.380
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Holkham Bay
Norfolk 32.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap still at roped-off area at 8am TF.896.458
Norfolk Slav Grebe Wroxham Broad still off sailing club at 7.55am TG.308.167
Norfolk Waxwing Sculthorpe Moor NR still behind visitor centre at 7.51am. View from a sensible distance, £2 entrance